Gretchen was happy, wasn’t she? She felt she was, but how exactly do you define happiness? Gretchen was curious so she set out to find the answer. Taking a year and dividing it by month the author comes up with a list of dos and don’ts that she intends to follow to find out if she can be happier.
She starts out in January by trying to become more energetic. Obviously, if she has more energy the rest of the months would be easier, right? The first step she takes is going to bed earlier. It’s amazing how a little bit of extra sleep can help you feel more energized! From there Gretchen tries other things- cleaning her closet, trying to put some fun in chores, starting a Children’s Literature Group, writing a novel in 30 days, not nagging her husband, starting a blog, all in an effort to be a happier person. Does it work? Yes!
But could she be happier yet? We’ll never know until Ms. Rubin starts the Happiness Project 2.
I enjoyed reading this stunt journalism book by Gretchen Rubin. I picked up a few little tips and tricks that I think I would like to incorporate into my own life to see if I, too, can become even happier as a result. The first several “months” of the book were really fun, it dragged a little in the middle, but redeemed itself at the end again when it went back to topics that I had more interest in.
For anyone interested in becoming happier without having to spend months on a couch in therapy sessions try this book and the related blog The Happiness Project. 3/5 stars